Chapter 54: Tomb Raider (Part 2)
Wen Ren Hui Yin was wearing a lunar white magic robe, holding a short blue wand. This time, she was standing on top of a slightly raised black rock. The magical energy converged naturally into a stream of pale blue air current, circling around her body. This gave the people a sense of ethereal feeling.
The Wen Ren Hui Yin in the game didn’t use her real appearance. Although she looked outstanding, but her appearance could only be counted as upper average.
“Wen Ren Hui Yin?” Although Zhou Jian chatted with Wen Ren Hui Yin a few times through Tianxun, he didn’t see her appearance in the game before. So, he needed to confirm.
“Em. Long time no see.”
“How come you didn’t use your original appearance?” The biggest charm of 《Gods and Demons》 for girls lied in that they could adjust their appearances and figures. A lot of female players would change themselves to be prettier. Those who would do the opposite like Wen Ren Hui Yin are really rare.
“I don’t want to.” Wen Ren Hui Yin playfully smiled. “Will cause a lot of trouble.”
Wen Ren Hui Yin was very low key when she attended high school. The Lan Hai No. 1 High School was the Lan Hai city best high school. Naturally, there would be many rich family scions there. Many of those rich kids were keen to show off their wealth. They would wear branded clothing and drove luxury cars to go to school. And for those wealthy girls, they would also compete in cosmetics, comparing their perfumes and purses.
But Wen Ren Hui Yin who came from a rich and powerful family was instead similar to the children from the ordinary family. She would usually dressed in clean and simple cloth. She didn’t use cosmetic but put on moisturizer to protect from the frost in the biting cold winter. Furthermore, she chose to live in the school, with most of the other boarders. Early in the morning, she would jog and every day, she would had her meal in the dining hall. Although the food of Lan Hai No. 1 High School canteen meal wasn’t difficult to be eaten, but it’s absolutely far from being delicious,
Zhou Jian felt that Wen Ren Hui Yin didn’t need to be like this. It’s only natural that she learned how to enjoy her wealth. Afterward, he found out that this was the tradition of the Wen Ren family. Not only Wen Ren Hui Yin, even all her cousins lived like this.
Wen Ren family is an ancient family. Their requirements for their children are quite demanding. If the children of the Wen Ren family entered the family’s company, they would all start from the very beginning. Their position would later be decided based on their job performance. If the work was outstanding, they could join the board of directors. The Wen Ren family demanded that its children couldn’t be domineering, couldn’t bully others, couldn’t have a one-night stand and then later ditched the other party. Once the existence of such situation was found out, they would directly be deprived of their stockholder equity.
China has a saying that to be rich for only three generation (tl: first gen create wealth, second gen maintain wealth, third gen squander the wealth). However by relying on such a strict family tradition, the Wen Ren family continued its glorious history for over 150 years. Its family members were not only influential in the business world, they also developed towards the political and military circles. The family business is thriving day by day.
Sometimes, with more power and influence, the more low key one should be. But those with a little money and a little power would like to show off. Otherwise, how would others know of their awesomeness? (ie, the old money stay low key, the new money tried to raise a ruckus.)
Regarding the ancient Wen Ren family, Zhou Jian had always been admiring them. They had their own family culture and heritage and was able to raise a thrifty family tradition. But he also had to admit that being born in such a family wouldn’t necessarily be happy.
In China, those second generation wealth and second generation official are presented in two extremes. They are either similar to Sun Yao Zu and Gaofushuai, who’re idling away in pleasure, bossy and accomplished nothing. Or, they can also be like the children of the Wen Ren family, showing a more matured mentality than their contemporaries because they had been living in the world since childhood where there are faction strife and deceit. Any wrong move could mean their destruction.
Wen Ren Hui Yin profession in the game was a bit special. She’s a Water system based Priestess. Generally, the Mages has three systems – ice, fire or lightning, and Priests are usually using the Light magic system. The kind of magic was selected by the system, the players didn’t have a choice in this.
As a Priestess, Wen Ren Hui Yin’s magic attack wasn’t much. So, most of the time, she would form a team to upgrade.
For example in the Ancient Nine Tomb today, aside from her, there are still her elder cousins.
“I want to introduce you. This is my elder female cousin, Pretty Water is Traceless, and my elder male cousin, River Setting Sun.” Wen Ren Hui Yin pointed to a pair of man and woman. Pretty Water is Traceless is a level 34 Mage while River Setting Sun is a level 35 Warrior. Both of them have extraordinary bearings, looking like Phoenix and Dragon.
“This is my high school friend, Zhou Jian.” Wen Ren Hui Yin pointed to Zhou Jian, to specially introduced him to them. There’s a really big gap between them. Not only was his level low, but his equipment are trash as well. The inferior Artifact necklace was also covered by his clothes.
Zhou Jian’s battle capacity is very limited. Although the necklace had been embedded with a stone so that it wouldn’t fall. But others may not know about it and attack him as soon as they saw the inferior Artifact.
Both River Setting Sun and Pretty Water is Traceless’ self-control are very good. They didn’t try to pry at Zhou Jian’s equipment and didn’t show any despising expression. They just nodded. It’s counted as already greeted.
“Brother, I brought a friend over to upgrade. Is it ok?” Wen Ren Hui Yin asked her cousin.
This made Zhou Jian felt some headache. Early on, if he knew that her cousins were here, he wouldn’t have come. After all, his battle strength in this Ancient Nine Tomb was almost negligible, and would only slow them down. If it’s just Wen Ren Hui Yin, then it’s alright because she’s still his friend, but he didn’t even know her cousins.
But River Setting Sun didn’t reveal an unhappy facial expression. He just looked at Zhou Jian for a moment and said: “I can lead you up till 11.30. After that, I have a social engagement at noon, and need to catch up then.”
“Em. Thank you, brother.” Wen Ren Hui Yin’s voice was very sweet.
Next was a continuous leveling process, lead by River Setting Sun, Pretty Water is Traceless and her pet’s AOE magic attack as the main damage dealers. Wen Ren Hui Yin was responsible for the healing. Although Wen Ren Hui Yin was only doing the healing but her pet battle strength couldn’t be underestimated.
In 《Gods and Demons》, aside for the Psychic master, every other profession can carry a pet. And the pet can upgrade as well, can study Skills, and can be equipped with equipment. In brief, it’s very awesome. But to train a pet would need a lot of effort and money. So, for the poorer players, a general pet is already enough to act as a stopgap.
And Zhou Jian was standing around like a wooden post. This fellow didn’t even had a pet yet. So, when he started, he just symbolically threw a few bottles of explosive, but he saw that the monster just changed its color without harming his health at all. Zhou Jian was too lazy to continue to keep appearance and simply look at the scenery.
The sceneries in the Ancient Nine Tombs are quite pretty. It’s an abyss here, numbered with hundred of giant rocks floating above the abyss. The players and the monsters would stand on the rocks, and the rocks are connected by thick chains which one can use to pass through. Those chains are thicker than a person’s waist. On the surface was a layer of solidified rusty stain. It’s the blood left behind by the battles day after day.
How deep was the abyss, nobody knows. Once, there was a player who wasn’t afraid of death and jumped off. After counting for more than ten seconds, he finally lost consciousness and went back to the reviving point. According to the person who jumped, the further down the abyss, the colder it gets. Down there, the cliffs are all covered with black ice, and the cold wind directly blew at him till he lost his consciousness.
Zhou Jian right now was standing on top of a floating rock in the central location. There’s some distance away from the cliffs. Therefore, he couldn’t see the complete picture of the cliffs. At this time, Wen Ren Hui Yin opened up and asked: “How is Lingnan University? What’s the standard of the teachers there?”
Wen Ren Hui Yin was only responsible for healing, so she’s more carefree, and could chat with Zhou Jian.
Er….Zhou Jian was silent for a moment. He couldn’t tell Wen Ren Hui Yin that he almost never attended the classes. So, he didn’t even know how the professors are. He ambiguously mumbled: “All good. There’s nothing special.” I heard that your Hong Kong Chinese University had a Nobel Laureate as a professor?” Because of the last century catastrophe, the Nobel prize was discontinued for a long time. It’s just continued the selection again in this century. The China mainland finally did the impossible and had come out with two Nobel prize winners. One at Tsinghua University, the other at Beijing University.
But the Hong Kong Chinese University already had Nobel prize winners to teach since the 20th century. The world ranking of this university was also much higher than that of Beijing University and Tsinghua University.
“Haha. I didn’t take their classes. I studied in economics and finance. There’s no Nobel prize for my field. Actually, I’d never seen those legendary characters. In my free time, I’ll be at the Residential Hall. I’d joined the student association of the Residential Association.”
“Classical learning academy? What’s the specialty there? Lingnan also had a Humanitarian Hall. It’s donated about 200 years ago by a famous Hong Kong philanthropist, Mr. Shaw.”
“No, the academy and the residential system is two different things. Only a few departments would be stipulated to belong in a residential hall. Others students could sign up to be admitted into the residential hall. It doesn’t matter what’s your major there. I’m in the general Residential Hall. So, I usually lived in the Residential exclusive dorms and participate in the Residential community activities, but I’m taking the classes in the college.”
“Still have a university with this type of system?”
“Yes. Many of the world well-known universities like Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Yale and so on are like this. But Cambridge and Oxford are more independent. There’s not much difference from the college and an independent university.”
This was the first time Zhou Jian heard about this. The universities of China all adopted the college system, where the student was placed into specific college based on their majors. The lodging was also uniformly distributed by the school. Those that are in the same major may not necessarily be in the same dorm. But Hong Kong was a British foreign settlement back in the 20th century. Therefore, the teaching system adopted more of the Western style common college system.
“Hui Yin. Quickly heal. Your brother is about to die.” Pretty Water is Traceless ill-humoredly said after giving a quick glance at her sister. She didn’t like Zhou Jian. She felt that this guy is like a gigolo, and obviously had some plan for her younger sister. Because her self-control was very good, she didn’t show her annoyance. Otherwise, she would have given a cold stare towards Zhou Jian.
“Oh, I’m sorry……” Wen Ren Hui Yin stuck out her tongue. She rushed to use the Water magic healing technique towards River Setting Sun.
Zhou Jian was very embarrassed. Truthfully, he was very unwilling to stay here. Although his practicing speed was very fast, but it made him felt very uncomfortable.
At this moment, Zhou Jian suddenly heard a familiar sound: “Classmate Wen Ren. I didn’t think that I’ll bump into you here. Such a coincidence.”
Zhou Jian looked and saw a 1.85-meter tall handsome youth leading two younger brothers over…..This leader, wasn’t he his high school classmate, Gaofushuai? He’s also playing 《Gods and Demons》.